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  • The Tick-Tock: When Big Names Leave, Who Wins?

    The Tick-Tock: When Big Names Leave, Who Wins?

    This story dropped a few days ago but it seemed like a good choice to share on a lazy Sunday and the topic is something that's been kicking around in the old sub-conscious for a while. Jim Romenseko has long been the go-to media critic at Poynter.org where he spent twelve years poking at - and changing - the online/print media landscape. On November 10 Poynter essentially forced him out by Read More

  • The G1: Almost perfect

    The G1: Almost perfect

    The G1 event has come and gone and it looks like we’re seeing an epic paradigm shift in the mobile space. iPhone started the ball rolling and Android is about the finish the job. The change? Phones are now officially computers and the expectation for most users is that they behave in the same way a powerful laptop or desktop PC would perform, albeit in a considerably more compact package. I… Read More

  • Robots with guns: The ethical dilemma

    Robots with guns: The ethical dilemma

    I am but a toy! I was at the show today talking to some folks about the current crop of military robots from people like Foster-Miller and even iRobot. These are robots deployed by the army to handle bomb detection, room clearing, and all the nasty stuff you don’t want to send humans in for. For years, politicians have been deriding these things as remote controlled toys rather than viable… Read More

  • Apple's market share and the curse of success

    Apple's market share and the curse of success

    Apple’s PC/laptop market share is now 20% in the US and 10% worldwide. That’s cause for celebration, right? The underdog, the computer for weenies and artists, is making inroads in the mainstream. The halo effect of the iPod and the iPhone is convincing kids to pick up a MacBook — or two — and make Apple shareholders happy. All is right with the world, right? Wrong. Read More

  • Smartphones Now: The State of the Smartphone Union

    Smartphones Now: The State of the Smartphone Union

    It’s been a boring year for smartphones, sadly enough. Nothing evolutionary happened — the iPhone? It’s not a smartphone… yet — and the same old gang circled around the same old group of business users angling to get a sale or two in before the economy tanked. But wait? What’s that noise? It’s the sound of millions of cellphone users who are scratching… Read More

  • Halo and the terrorist mind-set

    Halo and the terrorist mind-set

    Clive “The Garanimal” Thompson doesn’t have a lot of time to play Halo 3 and, as a result, gets killed a lot in Live play. However, instead of giving up and going to play Parcheesi, he’s decided to fight back by becoming a suicide bomber. The typical Halo player’s goal is to stay alive. Clive knows he can’t stay alive very long, so he wants to take down as many… Read More

  • The Wii Is Really Just A GameCube 1.5

    The Wii Is Really Just A GameCube 1.5

    We all know the Nintendo Wii is the least-powerful next-gen console, but Microsoft’s Robbie Bach won’t have any of that. He’s hellbent on tearing the Wii up and claims that the Wii itself is just a glorified GameCube. Says Bach: “…the video graphics on it aren’t very strong; the box itself is kind of underpowered; it doesn’t play DVDs; there are a lot of… Read More

  • The Shades of Gray: Why Jack Thompson is Wrong… But So is the Game Industry

    The Shades of Gray: Why Jack Thompson is Wrong… But So is the Game Industry

    Last week’s tragic shooting at Virginia Tech University served to start another go-around on a number of issues including security, gun control and violence in entertainment. In a free society how can our schools be made more secure and thus safer… yet retain an open atmosphere of free thought? In a complex society, how can we be expected to make choices and, once those choices are made… Read More

  • iPhone != Newton?

    iPhone != Newton?

    CG reader Bruce sent us a note today pointing out an interesting aspect of the the iPhone decision. He writes: A lot is being said about the exclusive Cingular deal, no 3G, and the high price for a phone. How about short term positioning this as a true “pocket pc”? It has a PC O/S, wifi access for online use, great screen, etc… If Apple wants to sell this through their own retail… Read More